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In this season of giving, there is a lesson that sometimes gets lost: it’s not the size of your gift but the thought behind it. A chat with a few teachers ahead of end-of-term on Friday has reminded me that the things people appreciate most are handmade gifts that are given with love and made with care.
Home-made treats can be given on their own, or you can attach them to the gift as a way of giving extra Christmas cheer to a shop-bought gift: cookies make wonderful gift tags! Halifax- the people who give you extra – are hoping to inspire more people to get creative and give extra with the homemade touch this Christmas. And it is the extra touches that take a gift from ordinary to legendary. The simple cookie is the perfect place to start.
I’ve put together a list of 12 Christmas Cookies that are easy to make- in some cases all you need is a decoration or two to embellish a shop-bought biscuit- and can be made by all ages as an end-of-term treat for friends and teachers.
1. Reindeer Noses: a twist on the American Classic, the Snickerdoodle, these biscuits are coloured with red sugar and so easy to make that even very young children can pitch in.
2. Carrot and Clementine Cookies: full of Christmas spice and hidden vegetables, they’d make a perfect healthy treat for Santa, and Santa-lovers everywhere.
3. Angel Cookies: give the gift of baking this Yuletide with a Cookie Mix in a Jar. Or make them and give them in the jar! Either way they taste great.
4. Reindeer Cookies made from Gingerbread Men: turn a gingerbread man upside down, add a little brown icing and details and you have a reindeer. This post shows you how.
5. Christmas Pudding Biscuits: last minute ideas for Christmas bake sales or play-dates: use chocolate biscuits to make Christmas puddings.
6. Snowman biscuits: another easy cookie that focuses on decoration. A few simple ingredients and you can make a snowman in seconds.
7. Stained glass biscuits: crushed sweets add a beautiful effect to Christmas cookies. Actually Mummy shows how easy they are to make.
8. Chocolate Gingerbread Trees: Frugal Family has combined two great flavours to make some delicious Christmas biscuits.
9. Kids Christmas Biscuits: The Great British Housewife gets the children in on the action, decorating biscuits to hang on the tree.
10. Traditional Gingerbread: Baby Budgeting tells you how to make traditional Gingerbread to decorate this winter.
11. Viennese Biscuits: Life at the Zoo and children make a traditional Austrian biscuit to give as gifts this Christmas.
12. Christmas Wreath Biscuits: festive and effective, these are the perfect nibble for when the neighbours pop by!
This competition has now closed and the winner has been notified. Congratulations Sarah Fleck. Thank you for taking part.
And if you want to Get a Little Extra this Christmas, then Halifax are offering a wonderful prize to Domestic Goddesque readers. For your chance to win a 16GB Air Wi-Fi iPad (approx. value £400), please comment below and tell me your own tip or recommendation for a great homemade gift this Christmas. Terms and Conditions: Competition closes at 12.00pm (midnight) on 18th December 2013. Entries received after this time and date will not count. One entry per person. UK residents only. Winner will be selected at random after the close date and will be notified on 19th December 2013. MEC Global and Halifax Bank are responsible for provision and delivery of the prize. For full terms and conditions for the competition, click here.
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